His Excellency Dr Lowai Mohamed Belhoul, Director General of the Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department has welcomed at the Dubai Legal Professional Training Centre, a  French delegation who are  visiting the United Arab Emirates to participate in the First Civil Law Forum organised by the Ministry of Justice in cooperation with the Law Faculty of the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi.

The delegation included Guillaume Deroubaix, Managing Director for the Middle East and North Africa at LexisNexis, Jean Tarrade, former President of the National Council of French Notaries, and Philippe-Henri, Head of the Paris Bar Association, Emmanuel Pierrat, Vice- Chairman of the European and International Affairs Commission of the French National Bar Association and Patrick Safar, President of the French National Chamber of Bailiffs.

His Excellency welcomed the delegation and pointed out the close relations between the two countries, hailing France as one of the first countries to have a legal and judicial system regarded as a foundation of many legal systems.

Further, His Excellency highlighted the significance of this visit that aims to enhance synergies in legal work, exchange views regarding international best legal practices and continuing legal professional development requirements. His Excellency added that the Department looks forward to more meetings of this kind which contribute enormously to developing legal practices in the Emirate of Dubai.  

On another note, His Excellency briefed the delegation on the duties and functions of the Department.  More particularly, with its approach in regulating the advocacy and legal consultancy professions in Dubai, methods employed to further develop the legal profession by enhancing the competency of advocates and legal consultants and by providing state-of-the-art continuing legal professional development programs. 

Dr. Lowai further added that the continuing legal professional development program is aimed at increasing the knowledge and developing the skills of legal consultants in the Emirate.  The rationale being to raise the bar of legal services in line with developments in the Emirate and reach the highest level of confidence among recipients of such services.  It is hoped that this will eventually further enhance the already prestigious status of Dubai as a world hub for providing top-quality legal services and in particular settlement of disputes, in line with international best practices.

The French delegation expressed gratitude for this opportunity to have first-hand knowledge of the Department's approach in organising the legal profession and the excellence of the continuing legal professional development program conducted by the Department.

At the conclusion of the meeting both sides discussed common areas of cooperation in legal fields and means of sharing knowledge between the two countries, in addition to other matters conducive to raising the standard of legal work.